Mythologies have played an integral role in the belief systems and stigmas of societies as a form of inspiration, escapism, and personal moral guidance. Many of these stories originated as a way to explain the unknown and to unite people through the implication of fear and reward. Myths often romanticize and simplify the human experience to a relatable journey with good and evil, a beginning and end. Such dualities have woven themselves into our society, overshadowing the nuanced complexities of the human experience. These integrated beliefs still shape the way people interact with one another today, manifesting in our perception of individuals and what judgments we make of them. My work explores the affects of these myths on our perception of otherness, specifically that of women’s mental health.
As a woman who grew up with and around mental illness, I am familiar with some of the deep-rooted fear and myth surrounding its history and treatment. This fear and lack of understanding of the female psyche manifests itself both within a personal dialogue and an external societal one. Ceramic sculpture allows me a mode in which to explore the nuances of mental health and use making as a means to unpack my emotions and interpretations through the vocabulary of archetypes. To aid in my narratives, I use Jungian psychoanalysis as a rubric in which to analyze historical myth and reconstruct it into something of my own making. At my core, I am a storyteller and an empath, using my stories and interpretations as a means to connect with the world around me.